Weather Authority Alert: High winds and critical fire conditions today

Wx alert

Multiple warnings and advisories in effect today as high winds are in the forecast.

A High Wind Warning went into effect at midnight and will stay in the forecast until midnight Thusday. This means we are expecting winds to come at 40-45 mph and gusts 60-70 mph. Mountain areas could see gusts of 75 mph.

A Red Flag Warning will go into effect at 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. This means we are still seeing critical fire conditions or today because of the dry and windy conditions. This means that any outdoor burning is still highly discouraged.

A Blowing Dust Advisory will go into effect at 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. This means that you will see reduced visibility on roadways throughout the day as patchy to thick blowing dust is expected. We are expecting visibility to be between 1-3 miles, but could be less in areas with more loose dirt.

Here is what you can expect for your winds today:

9 a.m. Blowing Dust Advisory in effect; Winds: 31 mph Gusts: 46 mph

10 a.m. Red Flag Warning in effect; Winds: 32 mph Gusts: 49 mph

12 p.m. Winds: 33 mph Gusts: 51 mph

2 p.m. Winds: 37 mph Gusts: 54 mph

4 p.m. Winds: 38 mph Gusts: 57 mph

6 p.m. Winds: 39 mph Gusts: 59 mph

8 p.m. Winds: 38 mph Gusts: 56 mph

9 p.m. Blowing Dust Advisory no longer in effect; Winds: 32 mph Gusts: 48 mph

10 p.m. Red Flag Warning no longer in effect; Winds: 31 mph Gusts: 46 mph

12 a.m. High Wind Warning no longer in effect; Winds: 29 mph Gusts: 44 mph

These winds are increased because of a strong cold front coming in from our west. This front will drop our temperatures down 15° to what we saw yesterday, but keeping us in average temperature ranges in the mid 70s.

Cooler temperatures and more breezy to low end windy conditions are expected throughout Thursday as well.

A KTSM 9 News Weather Authority Alert is issued whenever a severe weather event is expected which could disrupt and impact Borderland residents. Details on how to take action, timing of the weather event and the areas affected will be provided every time an alert is issued. 

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